Showa Daibutsu

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Aomori, Japan
Showa Daibutsu  - The big Buddha
Showa Daibutsu  - Tiny Buddha
Showa Daibutsu  - Close to the big Buddha
Showa Daibutsu  - Shrine at the big Buddha complex
Showa Daibutsu  - Head of big Buddha

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Showa Daibutsu - Giant outdoor Buddha Jul 12, 2009
Showa Daibutsu - Giant outdoor Buddha

Amori is the last big stop on the train route from Honshu to Hokkaido - all the trains will make a stop here and you can go out and put your backs in a coin locker for a few hours while you explore the city before heading down south or up north.

The biggest attraction of the area is the giant outdoor Buddha known as Showa Daibutsu. It is about 20k out of Amori city but can be reaching by bus from the train station. There’s one bus leaving the station every second hour with the last stop at the Showa Daibutsu. When you are out there you will have a bit over ½ hour or 2½ hour depending if you want the next bus or will wait for the next one.

The main attraction is obviously the giant Buddha which is the biggest outdoor Buddha in all of Japan - the Buddha is no less than 21 meters tall and weigh in at 220 tons. It is located in a rural area with rice field’s right next to the temple complex. Besides the main Buddha statue you will find several smaller statues in the area including one area where there are lots of tiny statues - they are placed at a small shrine for the children who have died.

There are also a couple of shrines in the area and a minor pagoda on the grounds. It is a bit hilly and you will need to walk a bit up and down - which is just fine if you decide to spend a bit over 2 hours at the area. If you on the other hand want to leave on the next bus (like me) you’ll be a bit pressed for time and will need to be able to walk up fairly fast on the small hills.
The big Buddha
Tiny Buddha
Head of big Buddha
Close to the big Buddha
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